Well ... the new administration is certainly into enforcing the rules. The teachers remain good, some, especially in AP and accelerated classes are excellent. Hopefully the school board won't yield to pressures to abolish these classes.
- submitted by a
January 12, 2011
I've heard so many complaints about BFA that I often wonder if it's truly the school or the student. My son thrives at BFA. He's "gifted" and his former school never challenged him. He flew through middle school pulling straight A's without ever studying. BFA challenged him for the first time in his life. This has good and bad points. Because he was used to flying through and not having to study, studying skills have been an issue. He's used to doing work last minute and rushing through it, only now he's learning that doesn't always work if you want to maintain A's, There are a few duds when it comes to teachers. They seem to have no interest in relating to their students. Most, however, are outstanding and kids generally get along with them. My son and his friends rave over many teachers they've had and go out of their way to stop and chat if they have any free time. For BFA to work for a child, it has to be a two-way street. If a student chooses to be disruptive or never do the work, they're not going to get much from their education there. For the rest, BFA does an amazing job of treating students like equals and not students.
- submitted by a
June 29, 2010
There are many issues to deal with at the high school level and BFA has the tools but is lacking the ability to get the students on boardl. Having seen many students go through this school, I can say the most pertinant issue to manage is student/teacher relationships. The students are allowed to wak in (or not), text, talk, disrupt calss and many teachers are so overwhelmed by these constant bad behaviors that they do not stop the class to correct, they just teach over the disruptions. Some students are unable to concentrate, though they want to, others just give up. Very few are gifted and have groups of like minded students in their classes who all strive to succeed. I will say that the guidance office and the administration are willing to work with parents, but the classroom support in many classes is just not there.